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The year is around 1930. My mother, the little girl on the left, is about 4 years old, which means she is now 82. I don't possess many pictures of my mother, especially from her childhood, so this one is precious to me for a couple of reasons.
First of all, she is with her mother and father, in the happiest time of her life because her father, Bradley, died when she was 14, and her mother, although it's difficult to tell here, was blind. You can imagine the devastation of living through those early years without a father in the home and the sole breadwinner being a blind female. My mother took on a lot of adult responsibility early, but in this photo, she is a carefree little girl.
Which leads me to the second reason I love this photo: my mother has such a ladylike demeanor, with her beaded necklace and little crossed legs bearing Mary Janes. She still carries herself this same ladylike way today! But in this photo, you can see childlike curiosity and sense of security on her face and in her body language, both feelings suppressed by hard times for many years. Knowing what she went through after the early years, this photo moment blesses me. I'm thankful for this photo and for the wonderful mother I have. God's hand is on my life, and it all started by giving me to my mother, Lucille Garrett Batt.
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